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How to Apologize

People recovering from substance use disorders often feel like they have much to apologize for. Addiction can distort your priorities and make you do things you would otherwise never do. They may do things that leave their loved ones feeling hurt, betrayed, and angry. Apologizing and making amends are well-known parts of the 12 steps…

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Is Bipolar Disorder Different in Men and Women?

Bipolar disorder is characterized by both episodes of depression and episodes of mania, or less intense manic episodes called hypomania. During a depressive episode, someone typically exhibits all the classic symptoms of depression, including sadness, hopelessness, lethargy, sleep disturbances, aches, poor concentration and memory, and thoughts of suicide or death. The manic episodes, on the…

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4 Triggers for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition characterized by both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic episodes. The pattern of these symptoms is different for everyone. Some people may feel relatively normal much of the time, occasionally tipping into a manic or depressive episode and some people may cycle more quickly from one to the other. There…

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What is High-functioning Depression?

People with high-functioning depression are typically able to get through the day, often performing well at work or other areas of life despite feeling the constant drag of low mood, fatigue, poor concentration, and other symptoms of depression. While major depression can be completely debilitating, preventing someone from so much as getting out of bed,…

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Taking Aftercare to a New Level

Treatment is first big step in recovery, but it’s only the beginning. The first major challenge after treatment is making the transition back to daily life. Treatment provides quite a bit of structure, whether it’s inpatient treatment, a partial hospitalization program, or an intensive outpatient program. You spend many hours every week engaged in therapy…